Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Gigi | 2010-03-28


Bleach for eczema?

I just read an article in the skin and hair section where a finding is mentioned that diluted chlorine baths greatly relieve eczema in children. They refer to common household bleach. Do you perhaps know if they are refering to your basic chlorine bleach? and what about the stories about how bad chlorine is for children with more people using water filters in their showers, or is the chlorine in our water different than that in bleach?

Expert's Reply



The chlorine in bleach is sodium hypochlorite which is the same chemical which is added in very small amounts to streilise water. I would not recommend adding chlorine bleach to a bath as children with eczema often cannot tolerate the extra chlorine in swimming pools and it tends to aggravate dryness of the skin. It will keep the skin free of infection and this may help a small proportion of eczema sufferers who have a tendency to develop infections of their skin.

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